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Q&A: Tomasz Adamek
"I’m a natural heavyweight now."

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik

Talking with athletes just after the competition gives a writer rare expressions of their thoughts. Just 15 minutes after he beat Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) by KO, top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) was very open and happy…

Triple jab? You were withholding this from your arsenal until now…

Roger (Bloodworth) was telling me that with my quickness I can hit my opponents with however many jabs in a row I want. It keeps them honest and surprised and I will keep my distance. He’s a wise man. You can tell how much better I was tonight in comparison to previous camps.

What was the biggest surprise for Vinny: speed, combinations, quick jabs? Or the combinations of all the above?

Speed. I knew I could do a lot in the ring. You should never think about knocking somebody out because it would never happen. Speed will give you enough chances.

After you hit Maddalone with this surprising left hook, followed by two other punches – did you know that is over?

Not really, because Vinny is a very tough guy, a real warrior. I thought the ref would react a little bit quicker, but referee Steve Smoger is tough man too and decided to let us fight. I knew that Vinnie was not himself anymore that I have to fight and hit him anyway because this is boxing. But I don’t like to do that when I don’t have to.

One of the biggest changes in comparison to your previous heavyweight fights was your burst of speed and stamina. Do you have your seven gears in the heavyweight division like you had as a light heavyweight and cruiserweight?

I’m a natural heavyweight right now. Hard work with a good trainer will do this to you. I feel this myself. I feel that I’m a much better fighter and boxer. Maybe I’m not smartest guy on the planet, but I’ve done this 20 years and I know what progress is.

    December 10th, 2010

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